Monday, April 29, 2013

The Blue Sky


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Portrait Of Woman In Blue


I forgot to tell you, that I saw the most glorious blue sky yesterday. Not gray or dusky white or glaring bright, but an inspiring, calming blue sky hovering over the fresh, new greens of spring...


Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Young Woman in a Blue Blouse, Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya the Artist's Secretary


Henri Matisse (1869-1954). The Romanian Green Bluse, 1939


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Woman in a Plumed Hat 1901


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Portrait Of Adeline Ravoux



Saturday, April 20, 2013

American Women & Children by Jacob Eichholtz 1776-1842



Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Old Ann Coleman (Mrs. Robert Coleman), c. 1820


The first Became aware of Jacob Eichholtz (1776-1842), when i Roamed the halls of the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore During the 1980s. He was born north of Baltimore in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he tried His hand at being a tinsmith, a cooper, & amp; a sign painter. But His passion was for painting portraits. He wrote of His unexpected friendship with Thomas Sully in Lancaster County in 1808, "Chance about this time threw a painter into the town of my residence. This in a moment my DECIDED make as to the arts. Previous to the arrival of this painter, I had made ​​some rude Efforts with tolerable success, having nothing more than a Bootjack for vane, and anything in the shape of a brush, for at that time brushes were not to be had, not even in Philadelphia. At length I was lucky enough to get a few half-worn brushes from Mr. Sully, being on the eve of His departure for England. This was a great feast to me, and enabled me to go on until others were to be had. "   In 1811, Eichholtz visited Gilbert Stuart in Boston, & amp; Began a lifelong series of exhibitions with the Society of Artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Probably before 1820, Eichholtz was painting portraits in Baltimore & amp; Beyond, from Pittsburg to Delaware. By 1821 he had set-up a studio in Philadelphia; where he painted, until he returned to Lancanster County in 1832, painting portraits until His death 10 years later.


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Portrait of a Lady


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Anna Maria Eichholtz 1838


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Catharine Hatz Eichholtz 1833


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Clockmaker's Wife and Daughter


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Eliza Jacob


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Eliza Schaum (later Mrs. Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg Hall; 1798-1826) 1816


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Eliza Teackle Montgomery 1822


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Elizabeth Hall Mrs. Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Elizbeth Hoofnagle Markley b 1794


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Jane Buchanan Lane


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Julianna Hazlehurst, c. 1820


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mehitabel Cox Markoe, ca. 1815


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Miss Julia Nicklin 1823


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Lawrence Lewis


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Elizabeth Wurtz Elder and Her Three Children 1825


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. George Musser


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Jacob Eichholtz 1818


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. John Frederick Lewis 1827


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Pierre Louis Laguerenne


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Robert Jenkins (Catharine Carmichael) 1836


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Victor Rene Value; Her Daughter Matilda Victoria; and Her Stepson Jesse René 1826


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Walter Franklin 1814


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Phoebe Cassidy Freeman (Mrs. Clarkson Freeman), c. 1830


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Portrait of a Woman


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Serena Mayer Franklin 1838


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) The Ragan Sisters, 1818


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Unknown Sitter 1815


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Jane Evans Tevis


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Margaret Hager Hoff


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mary Schaum, about 1810


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. John Gibson


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Belle Cohen


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Miss Thomson


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Mrs. Longnecker


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Rebecca Trissler Eichholtz


Jacob Eichholtz (American Painter, from 1776 to 1842) Self-Portrait 1810

Monday, April 15, 2013

Road Trip - Annapolis, Maryland



1789 Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) State House at Annapolis

By the middle of the 1700s, Annapolis was at the height of its political, economic, and social dominance in Maryland. In 1696, when Royal Governor Francis Nicholson designed the port city, he plotted the new capital to sit high up, defensively overlooking the surrounding waters. Two circles, one containing the statehouse and the other the Anglican church, dominated the town's baroque design. Streets radiated from both circles. Visitors declared the town's prospects to be "bold and high," the roads leading out "like rays from a centre."

Artisan Houses in Annapolis

Annapolis was designed as a stage for the social and political affairs of the province of Maryland. During the second half of the century, Chesapeake gentry and artisans alike designed their grounds and homes as their personal stages, on which they presented themselves to those passing by. These are some of those stages.

The John Callahan House in Annapolis


The All-Wood, No Nails Dome on the State House in Annapolis


The 1763 Peggy Stewart (Thomas Stone) House in Annapolis


The 1767 James Brice House in Annapolis



The Steeple at the 3rd St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis


The 1725 Carroll House in Annapolis



The 1769 Samuel Chase-Edward Lloyd IV House in Annapolis


The Entrance to the 1774 Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis


Entrance Facade of the 1774 Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis


Detail Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis



The 1760 William Brown House at Londontown near Annapolis


The 1760 William Brown House at Londontown near Annapolis


The 1715 Shiplap House in Annapolis


The 1715 Shiplap House in Annapolis


Church & State--Looking down West Street, past St. Anne's Episcopal Church Steeple, toward the Dome of the State House in Annapolis


The 1760 Dr. Upton Scott House in Annapolis


Detail of the 1763 William Paca House in Annapolis


Garden Facade of the 1763 William Paca House in Annapolis


Pavilion or Summer House at the 1763 William Paca House in Annapolis


Detail of the 1763 William Paca House in Annapolis


Entrance Facade of the 1763 William Paca House in Annapolis


The Steeple of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis at Night